Manny’s state of mind is like the weather: don’t like it? Just wait a few minutes and it will change. Here he is a day after saying that he might just retire after this year:
Manny Ramirez walked across the Dodgers’ clubhouse on Tuesday to interrupt a conversation.
“Listen,” he said as he made a half-hearted attempt to suppress a
giggle. “I want you to tell everyone that I felt so good practicing
yesterday that I’m going to play five more years.” Three in the majors and two in Japan, he said, still laughing.
Not that you should discount everything MbM says:
“Whether the season is good or bad, you have to give thanks to God. You have to be thankful that you have a job. Think about all of
the things that are happening in the world. There are people who say,
‘I don’t have Gucci shoes.’ But I say to them, ‘You have feet. Be
thankful because there are people who are worse off than you.’ “
After the interview he told the reporter that when he died, on his deathbed, he will receive total consciousness. So he’s got that goin’ for him, which is nice.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.
Reds reliever Raisel Iglesias hasn’t appeared in a Grapefruit League game since March 14 and now we know why. He injured his right elbow and both hips falling in the shower three weeks ago, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. He has had anti-inflammatory shots applied in both areas and he’ll be be shut down from pitching for a few more days.
Iglesias might not be ready for Opening Day, according to manager Bryan Price. Iglesias, however, thinks otherwise. He said, “I’m going to be OK. I’m probably going to throw one bullpen, and after that, mentally and physically, I’ll be ready to join the season and compete.”
Price said throughout the offseason that he intended to pick his closer according to the matchups rather than naming one official closer. As a result, this injury likely doesn’t change much except that Michael Lorenzen, Drew Storen, and Tony Cingrani may get a few more early season save chances if Iglesias doesn’t start the season on time.
Iglesias, 27, finished last season with a 2.53 ERA and an 83/26 K/BB ratio in 78 1/3 innings across five starts and 32 relief appearances.